There were many concerns surrounding this year’s Super Bowl because it would be played outdoors in a cold-weather city. After the game went off without incident, the NFL can rest easy for next year’s game.
The 2015 Super Bowl will move back to a warm-weather city, as the University of Phoenix Stadium hosts the contest. It’s the second time that the big game will be played at the venue. In 2008, it saw the New York Giants defeat the undefeated New England Patriots.
Super Bowl XLIX is set for almost exactly a year after the Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium. The NFC and AFC champions will meet on Feb. 1, 2015.
Even though the NFL season just ended, fans can already begin applying to win tickets for the upcoming Super Bowl. Since tickets are limited, those who wish to go to the game can enter into a random lottery in the hopes of winning seats. Those who don’t win the drawing can purchase tickets on the secondary ticket market. A limited number of seats will also be given to the season-ticket holders of the two competing teams. According to CBS Sports, the Seahawks and Broncos were each given 17.5 percent of the total tickets to sell to their fans.
The price of tickets changed much throughout Super Bowl week, in part because of the possibility of poor weather conditions. That might not be the case, however, in 2015 with the forecast not likely to be an issue.
The University of Phoenix Stadium opened in 2006. It has a capacity of 63,400, but that number can be expanded to over 72,000 for special events. Six years ago, the stadium welcomed just over 71,000 fans to watch the Super Bowl. Over 82,000 people were in attendance for Sunday’s contest in New Jersey.
No NFL team has ever played a Super Bowl in its home stadium. This past season, the Arizona Cardinals barely missed the playoffs with a 10-6 record. Even if the Cardinals don’t reach the big game, season-ticket holders of the team will have a chance to attend the contest in their hometown. This year, the New York Giants and Jets were each given 3.1 percent of the tickets. A lottery will be held for those who regularly attend Cardinals games.